• East Deerfield Gawking

  • Guilford Rail System changed its name to Pan Am Railways in 2006. Discussion relating to the current operations of the Boston & Maine, the Maine Central, and the Springfield Terminal railroads (as well as the Delaware & Hudson while it was under Guilford control until 1988). Official site can be found here: PANAMRAILWAYS.COM.
Guilford Rail System changed its name to Pan Am Railways in 2006. Discussion relating to the current operations of the Boston & Maine, the Maine Central, and the Springfield Terminal railroads (as well as the Delaware & Hudson while it was under Guilford control until 1988). Official site can be found here: PANAMRAILWAYS.COM.

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  by Plate C
 
Curious then what is going on across the tracks, not up near the old offices but closer to the bridge/MOW entrance... is that also part of the new bridge build in some way or is that a different project?

Also wanted to see if someone can tell me about the grain train. Only seen it once or twice, curious to know where it originates/terminates and what days it runs on? Thanks!
  by jaymac
 
by Plate C » Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:07 am
...Also wanted to see if someone can tell me about the grain train. Only seen it once or twice, curious to know where it originates/terminates and what days it runs on? Thanks!
There was a loaded one that was getting east of Fitchburg ~1200/08-16-2017 and should be in Ayer -- both West Main Street and the Willows -- for the next day-plus before heading west.
Unless you've got an in, the various posting sites are the best info sources for IBs.
  by Plate C
 
Thanks for the info. Never stopped by Ayer as I heard the views aren't that good. Any info on where that train originates/terminates at?
  by johnpbarlow
 
Some decent views can be had at Ayer -

Photo 1: Recently arrived grain train is being split in half at Ayer tower to proceed to Ardent Mills for unloading in May of 2016
Photo 2: the just emptied 1st half of the Grain Train heading west approaching Sandy Pond Rd at Ayer in Feb '16
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  by jaymac
 
First the Deerfield drama for 08-7-2018: Abutments are in place for a new McClelland Farm Road OHB -- AKA "The Railfans' Bridge" -- and it looks like the approach will be altered, as well. Besides that and about 0600, the only visible activity was a boom truck picking up ties. The yard radio was inactive, also.
At around 0508, D-3 and 23K had talked, the E saying that the C would be dealing with 15 handbrakes, and D-3 saying they'd be there awhile, "there" being Tyters, assuming the lines of wells and containers on the 1 with NS 9904 and couldn'tseewhatelse might be trailing power. The EB for Tyters was a Stop, so it seemed like nobody would be going anywhere soon. There was also some D-3 talk about 22K, cancelling at least 1 08-07 Form D, mebbe to a TC. NS 9140 -- 22K? -- would get a Form D with a Line 4 cuzza the washout, radio reception being too spotty for better details. To finish off 23K, D-3 would tell a TC at 1247 that 23K was about 3/4 of the way to Shelburne, and at 1325, WB containers were visible across the Deerfield and through the trees at Charlemont. Until after 0800, the fog along both the Millers and Deerfield Rivers was heavy enough. Around 1340, 28N called out an Approach for 381, so either way late or way early. Also, there was track equipment sitting just west of the Erving waste water facility.
Generations of railroaders and civilians got their caffeine and fat from Erving's Boxcar, and it is again possible to do just that, but not in the time-honored form. Assuming the sign out front is to be believed, hand-made chocolates are now available there. Gentrification in Erving?
  by Engineer Spike
 
If they do build the salt storage, how will trucks access it? The bridge under the Deerfield Loop is quite low.
  by newpylong
 
They get under it all the time thats how fuel is brought in.
  by newpylong
 
Locomotive fire this afternoon unsure which or how bad.
  by johnpbarlow
 
Matt Baj Jr has posted three photos on the Eastern Railroad News Facebook page showing that a couple of girders have been erected on the new over-grade bridge being built just west of the "Railfan Bridge" at the west end of E Deerfield Yard. Photo vantage points of eastbounds entering the yard will now be somewhat obscured as work advances. Also I guess it's unclear how railfan-friendly the new bridge will be.
  by atholrail
 
POED-15 7727-5933-7898-7620 and 118 cars was into ED this evening. This departed Rigby on Saturday.

POED-16 3403-7500 was a couple hours behind them into EDY.
  by atholrail
 
POED-15 canned at Montague..

POED-17 7535 canned at Tyter..
Last edited by atholrail on Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:31 pm, edited 1 time in total.
  by atholrail
 
EDPO 7534-7541 took 65 cars out of Deerfield this morning. All Rigbys.

POED-19 spent the night at Tyters. 7622-3403-7500-77-52 and 123 cars. ED9 crew recrewed them at Tyters, brought it to Millers and canned. Yard couldn't take em.

POED-20 7627-7585-350-517 and 47 cars was behind POED-19 as well. Unsure if they made the yard.
  by atholrail
 
BFED 7875-5933 came in with 17. No propane.

POED 7523-3403-7575-7605 with 76 cars canned at Farley.

16R train on GFLD industrial, 100 or so cars.
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